1. Justin

    Justin Owner Administrator

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/europeans-conquer-australia-in-worlds-worst-car/6388816

    The World Today
    By Andrew Greene
    Posted about 11 hours ago

    [​IMG]PHOTO: The European team travelling through South America in a Trabant in 2014. (Supplied: Transtrabant)

    What makes their transcontinental treks remarkable is that they are completed in a Soviet-era Trabants, an East German vehicle many consider to be the worst car ever made.

    The Trabant is the cheapest car in Eastern Europe and the whole body of the car is made from plastic so it cannot rust.

    [​IMG]PHOTO: The team's Trabants in Africa in 2009. (Supplied: Transtrabant)


    The team's leader, Czech Dan Priban said the Trabant was is the laughing stock of the car world - but that is precisely why his team loved it.

    "It's a very small car - it has a two-stroke engine. It sounds like old motorbike so it's very, very weak. It's [the] most horrific car in Eastern Europe and we love it!"

    [​IMG]PHOTO: The team conducting roadside repairs on the Trabant in Africa. (Supplied: Transtrabant)


    Since 2007 the antics of Priban and his team have featured in several documentaries, gaining them a cult following in central and eastern Europe.

    "In South America we got a deal with Czech television and made a TV series —some compare [it] with Top Gear but [with a] very, very, very low budget," Priban said.

    "People in Slovakia love it, and some people in Poland. People in Germany know about us. In our small countries people like it and people love it."

    Over the next four months Priban and his drivers hope to drive their two yellow Trabants, a Polish Maluch and some motorbikes 20,000 kms across Australia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

    However the team have already hit one hurdle ahead of their departure from Perth — Australian customs and quarantine.

    [​IMG]PHOTO: The Trabant travelling through South America in 2014. (Supplied: Transtrabant)


    "There is a lot [of] bureaucracy. We [have shipped] cars to Africa, shipped cars to South America and every time there's a problem in the port. But in Australia everything [is] very, very, very slow," Priban said.

    The drivers hope to eventually depart Perth in the next week, driving across the country to Sydney and then up to Darwin.

    Mr Priban is already making a preemptive plea to Australians for early roadside assistance.

    "When somebody in Australia will see the funny yellow cars, stuck in the middle of the road please help us —because we can get stuck anywhere."

    [​IMG]PHOTO: Travelling across South America. (Supplied: Transtrabant)
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  2. Ron

    Ron Premium Member Forum Donor

    Must remember this article next time I'm scrubbing some suspiciously rust-like substance off the Trabi!

    "and the whole body of the car is made from plastic so it cannot rust."

    Great to see though, I haven't seen the first trek yet, is it available with English subtitles anywhere? Gives me a strong urge to strap some fuel tanks on and head off into the wide blue yonder...


    Cheers for sharing Justin!
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  3. Keri

    Keri Leader

    LOL!
    "The whole body of the car is made of plastic so it cannot rust."

    Yes, because rust is too slow. Goats can eat Duroplast much quicker than salt can eat steel….








    Or maybe more like
    East Germans: "Comrade Commissar, please send us some steel to make cars with"
    Russians: "You're going to make a tank out of this aren't you?" "Here, have some cotton instead!"
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